A nameless hero becomes a legend! Myrtana, a world in upheaval: overrun by orcs from the dark lands in the north, King Rhobar is defending Vengard, the former stronghold of the humans, with his last troop of followers.
User reviews: Very Positive (495 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 13, 2006

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About This Game

A nameless hero becomes a legend!
Myrtana, a world in upheaval: overrun by orcs from the dark lands in the north, King Rhobar is defending Vengard, the former stronghold of the humans, with his last troop of followers. Chaos reigns without: rebels are offering resistance, and the Hashishin of the south are openly collaborating with the orcs.
Rumours that the nameless hero of Khorinis is on his way to the mainland spawn both hope and worry. Whose side will he take? Who will feel his wrath, who enjoy his favor? Only one thing is sure: his deeds are going to change Myrtana forever...
Liberation or annihilitaion – the fate of the world of Gothic lies in your hands! Create your own individual gaming experience through different solution paths.
Dynamic, action-packed combat system: choose between Fast Attacks, deadly whirlwind close combat, or shooting from a distance.
Immerse yourself in the most colorful and authentic fantasy world of all time – Myrtana awaits you!
  • Specially designed easy combat system
  • Clear main goals—story driven yet dictated by player’s choice
  • Huge free–roaming world—virtually no boundaries
  • Advanced human behavior AI for hundreds of individual characters with full audio dialogues
  • Countless side–quests for the player to choose from
  • Over 50 different monsters and animals and dozens of human enemies
  • Over 50 different powerful spells and over a hundred different weapons
  • Unique class–free character development

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Windows XP/2000/XP 64-Bit/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD CPU 2 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 1024 MB Ram or higher
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card with 128 MB Ram and Shader 1.4
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1 compatible
    • Hard Drive: 4.6 GB
Helpful customer reviews
214 of 236 people (91%) found this review helpful
50.1 hrs on record
This is my first serious (mind the end) and public review on Steam.

Basic Infos
Gameplay lengh: About 300-500 hours if you want to level high and see everything. 150 if you play through most content quickly.
Required skill level: Experience with RPG games and knowledge in oldschool RPGs. Studing how the game mechanics work but also keeping a cool head for hours.

Please note even if I'm merely clocking about 50 hours of it on Steam as of this review, I've already played through the game with the DRM-free version of it and it took me over a month of playing this game daily without any rushing through.

Furthermore this review has been written considering the following essential mod, depending on how you see it. It is about as detrimental for the game as the game itself.

- Gothic 3 Enhanced Edition Patch v1.75 International release

It is highly recommended that you install this patch before you play this game.

There are a couple of other mods out there that enhance this game, like the "Questpaket" version 4.2, which has English subtitles available.

About Gothic 3:
A lot of negative things can be said for a game like Gothic 3. It was released, as all releases of the Gothic series as a catastrophe. In 2006 at the time of release it was such a crash prone, bug ridden mess that almost nobody liked it, not even hardcore fans. Very similar to Gothic 1 it even was unbeatable because of the many bugs and problems. But since Piranha Bytes has a strong bond between them and the fanbase, they dicided to handle things over to the community. While some might argue that this is a rather lazy way of developing a game, a lot of others believe that the fans certainly knew for the best, sonsidering the unreasonably strict timeline publisher JoWood inflicted on Pyranha Bytes. After over 3 years of patching and care-taking, this game was finally able to become the greatness as envisioned by the developers but also the fans. It's considered the definite version of the game.

You also don't need to play through Gothic 1 and 2 in order to understand this games backstory. However, it can answer a lot of questions regarding the world, the Hero himself and his way to handle prople. Still, if you take your time reading through hundreds of pages of dialogues alone you can quickly grasps what happened around you.

Gameplay:
Gameplay-wise this game has the typical Hack and Slash action formula with the twist of also adding role playing elements in a different way as people knew already from previous Gothic games. Imagine a Game like Diablo with the freedom from games like Fallout but in third person, and you get what Gothic 3 is supposed to be. That might be the best way to describe this game.

The main theme of this game can also be considered its main gameplay aspect, and that is the theme of freedom both in the storyline and gameplay-wise you'll find yourself in a world that doesn't explain much to you. Because of that you should properly always think about focusing your skills so you can live an easy life and Gothic typicaly this game is anything but easy.

For instance and without spoilering of course there are quests in which the player has to defeat hundreds upon hundreds of enemies with the help of maybe one Non Player Character. Quests can range from simple "Kill this Person or this Monster" and fetch quests, to whole adventures based on exploration. Even non Gothic fans know about the infamous "Where is the Guro?" questline that only people who truely enjoy exploration found as it's entirely optional regarding the entire game itself and the reward is to travel throughout the game while finding interesting and secret things. This doesn't mean that this game is boring, as Hacking and Slashing is the main focus and leveling up itself offers so many options to choose from.

To give a few examples, there are 39 spells to choose from, and there are 23 passive skills to learn just for doing physical attacks or to defend yourself and there are much more different skills ranging from smithing, to stealing from someones pocket. All of them need learning points and you get 10 of them with each level up and while this sounds simple it merely gives you free room so you tackle the immense hordes of hundreds of enemies in the middle game.

The Gothic series is known to be very challenging and hardcore games and the third incarnation is no exception from this. Almost all of the several hundred Quests are available from the start of the game where the only true requirement is to find them if the player chooses to wander around looking for important "named" Non Player Characters. It has to be noted that this game is totally MASSIVE. Apart from MMORPGs, most single player games don't come close to this in scale. This can be intimidating for newcomers of the genre, as there is no fast travel or any form of help other than a compass. It takes about an hour to walk from the lower left to the upper right corner of the entire game. About 40 minutes if you choose to run (about twice as fast as walking) and wait for the stamina to replenish.

As you can walk to almost every place right after the start of the game and due to the freedom of this game it's totally up to you on how to handle things entriely your own way. However, with this freedom a lot of considerable mistakes are bound to happen. As the Hero shapens the way you can desire to choose whatever you want so it's recommended to always think about your next step, like what you would like to skill next or if you really want to follow a specific quest.

I haven't yet tackeled the general setting, but thats just because that this game is focusing on hardcore hack and slash gameplay that even hundreds of quests aren't exactly this eye-catching. The premise goes like this, you either join up with either the Orcs or Humans and kill those who are in charge, of this entire ordeal. As every NPC is killable right from the start, it's up to you to kill EVERYONE, or follow the rules as set up in the beginning of the game. This may sound simple in paper but believe me its far from it, as you need careful planning to archive the main goals of this game.

Graphics and Sound:
Graphically this game was amongst the prettiest in 2006 and as it actually stood the test of time says a lot about its graphical fidelity. To be honest the grass landscape of Myrtana alone looks almost as good as Skyrims and considering the age and budget gap of both games I believe thats surely an achievement.

In terms of sound however, this is one of the best games for the PC, ever. Seriously, if you even just enjoy good music you have to get this game right now. Kai Rozenkranz is a genius when it comes to creating atmospheric music that fits spot on into the game. However, there is one song that stands out negatively and thats the Battle music. It's always the same theme when you're fighting a usual enemy and after a few hundred hours this may get on your nerves. This is forgotten when the player finally reaches the city of Ishtar, where argueably the best music in the entire game plays and you'll find yourself again after spending hours upon hours of your free time into this game without noticing that it's dark outside already, in the real world of course.

Verdict:
Gothic 3 is a very ambitioned game and I believe that its too bad the project was cut short for release due to the old publisher. With the user created patches and mods mentioned above however I believe that this might be one of those games that will stay fun even after decades to come. I highly recommend everyone to buy this game when a Steamsale comes along if you're still not sure if this game might be of interest to you. If you think this game is interesting and you enjoy huge in scale RPGs with an oldschool soul, get this now.

Recommended food while playing:
German Beer with Sausage and hot mustard
Posted: June 17
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33 of 46 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
This has got to be my favorite of the series released so far. It's the original Piranha Bytes and not Jowood's repurposed attached naming Arcania, nor their butchered works of Gothic 3 Forsaken Gods. Most would prefer of the series the Gothic 2 as their favorite, but I prefer Gothic 3 for its community patches, content packs, and revised combat system, that makes use of button combinations for different attacks, of parry, reposte, slash, poke, and kill shots, as well, for a game that came out nearly a decade ago, it can still push a system, due to its complete open world nature, and openGL based engine. For that reason, I still use it for testing systems max volume decibel level on fans of gpus. This game has gotten better with age, and it shows with special thanks to an active community of content refiners. I look forward to and have high hopes of the return to Myrtania in the next true Gothic named sequel with Piranha Bytes at the helm again. This series holds a special place in my heart, and the soundtrack is masterfully written, and captures the scale and variety of locales. With a lot of voice acting, multiple ways to play, and freedom to go wherever you wish, this game has managed to keep me occupied full of episodic gameplay that I can pick up and put down whenever I like. This is truly a game I would love to see how much better it could look, if it got a remastering or High resolution facelift as it would still be worth buying for the 6th time. If you like action rpgs that give you the ability to be in 3rd person, 3\4 view, and first person view with a plethora of myth and lore to boot, you owe it to yourself to give this game, and franchise a try.
Posted: June 20
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
English Review
I love games, where weapons are used as swords, bows, axes, maces, ...
I've had this game on CD earlier, but when I found out about its discount on Steam, I didn't hesitate to buy it.
Gothic 3 is the game for more demanding players, who love twists and challenges. Colorful environments, great fighting invent, many techniques of fighting, searching for objects and artefacts, putting on an armour, using magic or learning new abilities to improve technique skills and many other stuff which this game offers.
The game has amazing story and your main hero can deside which side he will choose. Either rebels or the king Rohbara who worships god Innos, either mercenaries collaborating with orcs who worship god Beliar or unexpected cooperating with wizard Xardas. The map is divided to three units, in which you accomplish tasks and by this you improve your abilities, but inventory also.
As you can decide whos side you're going to choose, then there are going to be three different ends.
I have passed this game many times and also mentioned ends.
If you want to know more about the game, play it or find more about it, nothing stands in your way to buy it immerse into the story and the role of main hero.
Rating: 10/10

Slovak Review
Milujem hry, kde sa využívajú zbrane ako meče, luky, sekery, kyje, ...
Túto RPG hru som mal už skôr z CD a keď som sa dozvedel o jej zľave na Steame, neváhal som o jej kúpe.
Gothic 3 je hra pre náročnejších hráčov, ktorí milujú zvraty a výzvy. Malebné prostredia, široký bojový invent, rôzne techniky boja, hľadanie predmetov i artefaktov, nasadzovanie si brnení, používanie mágie či učenie sa nových spochopnosti k vylepšeniam techník a dovednosti a mnoho iných vychytávok ponúka táto hra.
Hra má krásny dej a náš hlavný hrdina si môže vybrať, na koho stranu sa postaví. Či k rebelom a kráľovi Rohbarovi vyznávajúc boha Innosa, žoldákom spolčených s orkmi vyznávajúc boha Beliara alebo nečakaného spojenia sa s čarodejom Xardasom. Mapa je rozdelená do 3 celkov, v ktorých plníte rôzne úlohy a tým si vylepšujete svoje schopnosti, ale aj invent.
Tak ako môžte si vybrať na koho stranu sa postavíte, tak potom budú 3 rôzne konce.
Ja sám som prešiel túto hru už viackrát a spomínané konce tiež.
Ak sa chcete dozvedieť viac o tejto hre, zahrať si ju či zistiť ako sa veci majú, nič iného neostáva, len si túto hru kúpiť a ponoriť sa do deja, do roly hlavného hrdinu.
Hodnotenie: 10/10
Posted: July 26
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
48.1 hrs on record
For me, playing Gothic 3 was a lot like owning an old pair of underwear.

On its own, it's nothing impressive. But put it over your head, and you can be the life of the party for a total of 10 minutes, at the expense of your dignity and sanity, leaving you to question "Why am I doing this again?" and remembering you're in too deep to stop now. After all, Gothic 3 can be a great time sink when your eyes and ears are covered. Sure, it's deceptively fun while it lasts, but it'll leave you feeling a sense of remorse when the party ends.

I'm not game to play it without the community patch from the reviews I've seen, and judging of what I've played so far. All things considered, I enjoyed exploring for the most of it, given I would deliberately have to ignore awkward camera controls, occassionally frustrating optimisation, half-arsed animation and a game-breaking mountain jumping option.

The last offender, when I discovered you could stumble upon end-game with ease detered me from playing.

Overall, got my kicks out of it, but I wouldn't say Gothic 3 holds up as a decent game in this age.
Posted: September 26
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
English Review
Very good game with a good storyline. I've already played, but the Czech, so I know what to do. Great graphics, good Fighti and also there are good built missions, sometimes some are more difficult. Jdná only thing I do not like it in English, as the disadvantage for the task. Sometimes I do not know how I task. But is otherwise cool game.
My rating 8/10.

Slovak Review
Veľmi dobrá hra s dobrým dejom. Už som to hral, ale po český, takže viem čo a jak. Grafika skvelá, fighti dobré a aj sú tam dobré stavané misie, občas niektoré sú ťažšie. Len jdná vec sa mi nepáči, že je to po anglický, čo pre nevýhodou pre plnenie úloh. Niekedy ani neviem, ako mám úlohu splniť. Ale inač pecka hra.
Moje hodnotenie 8/10
Posted: July 26
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